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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Champion driver Bobby East stabs gas station

Westminster, Calif. ( Associated Press) — Three-time US Auto Club national champion driver Bobby East died after being stabbed at a Southern California gas station this week. He was 37 years old.

The Westminster Police Department issued a statement on Saturday identifying Robert John East of San Dimas as the man who stabbed him in the chest at 76 Gas Station on Wednesday. Knife suspect Trent William Milsap was shot and killed in Anaheim on Friday as officers tried to arrest him, the statement said.

Police say they had no intention of stabbing and investigations into both deaths are ongoing.

They said they arrived at the gas station shortly before 6 p.m. and found that East had been stabbed. He was taken to the University of California, Irvine Medical Center, where he died.

East, whose father was a noted short-track carmaker, won USAC’s National Midgets title in 2004 and the Silver Crown championship in 2012 and 2013. They had 56 USAC-sanctioned feature victories, 48 ​​of them in national divisions.

He was just 16 years old in 2001, when he became the youngest driver to win the USAC National Midget Race. He won 15 USAC races in 2004 and soon entered a short NASCAR career. He made 11 career starts in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series and had two top-10 finishes in 31 career Truck Series races.

“NASCAR is saddened to learn of the tragic death of Bobby East,” NASCAR said in a statement. “We extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Bobby, a true racer.”

“Very sorry to hear about the tragic incident involving legend USAC driver Bobby East. He was a one-wheeler driver,” tweeted former Truck Series champion Todd Bodine.

Westminster Police said Milsap, 27, was on parole for armed robbery and had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for an unrelated parole violation.

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